Delhi govt not against hike in teachers’ salary, says Sisodia

Minister Manish Sisodia during a press conference on the court stay on interim hike in fees by private unaided schools, in New Delhi on Thursday.

Minister Manish Sisodia during a press conference on the court stay on interim hike in fees by private unaided schools, in New Delhi on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

‘A false impression is being propagated by vested interests’

The Delhi government was not against private schools increasing teachers’ salaries, but some schools were trying to implement “unjustified fee hikes” in the garb of implementing the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Thursday.

Mr. Sisodia, who is also the Delhi Education Minister, said a “false impression” was being propagated by “vested interests” that the Delhi government was against the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission.

On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court’s Division Bench had given an interim stay till April 8 against a single-judge Bench’s earlier decision to allow private unaided schools on government land to increase fees.

Mr. Sisodia said the Delhi government had on April 13, 2018 issued a circular restraining these schools from hiking fees without the permission of the Directorate of Education (DOE). The schools were told to meet the additional funding requirement for increased salaries from their surplus, without increasing fees. The schools that wanted to hike fees were asked to take the DoE’s permission, which would be given after their finances are audited and no surplus is found.

“The reasons behind this restriction are two-fold. First, these schools are situated on the land allotted by the Delhi Development Authority and therefore bear certain societal obligations. Secondly, the government is against the exploitation of parents and students due to higher fee structure,” said Mr. Sisodia.

Of the 325 schools on DDA land, 260 had applied for permission to hike fees, but 32 subsequently withdrew their applications, he said.

Audit of accounts

“During the audit of their accounts, it was found that nearly 150 schools had sufficient surplus to implement the Seventh Pay Commission and were therefore denied permission to hike the fees. Rest of the applications are under process,” he said, adding that some schools were found to have surplus of about ₹40 crore.

He further said that these details would be submitted to the High Court.

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